Five Ways To Improve Your Posture In 2022

Many patients who visit our chiropractors at City Chiropractic Clinic in Stoke are surprised to find that their posture is contributing to the condition that they are suffering from.

Posture affects and moderates every physiologic function from breathing to hormonal production. Spinal pain, headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse and lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by posture.” AJPM 1994

For many people their current lifestyle does very little to help them maintain a good posture. Stress, a sedentary lifestyle, hours sitting at a desk, time spent hunched over a mobile phone, long periods driving, the list goes on of activities that can contribute to poor posture.

You may have noticed that you are not standing as tall as you could or your shoulders are hunched more or even worse you have started to experience back, shoulder or neck pain.

Your posture is vital to how your body look and feels. 2022 may be the year to straighten up your posture and it may not be as hard as you think.

In this post, our Stoke chiropractor shares 5 ways to improve your posture in 2022.

 

5 Ways To Improve Your Posture in 2022

 

#1 Stretch Regularly

Incorporating some simple stretches into your daily routine can make a considerable difference to your posture.

If you spend a significant time during your day in a seated position, take a break at least every 40 minutes and stand up, walk around and get a few stretches in.

With targeted stretches, important muscles can be strengthened, flexibility can be increased, and spinal alignment can be improved.

The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) have put together a simple three minute posture care programme, called Straighten Up UK, that is designed to help you feel and look your best in an enjoyable and fun way. Following this programme is one of the simplest ways to incorporate stretching that can help improve your posture into your day.

The Straighten Up UK programme is divided into three sessions:

  • The Stars – incorporating the warm up
  • The Flying Friends – focusing on posture care
  • Core Balance – to finish off the session

The exercises in the programme are designed for healthy adults. Please check with your GP, chiropractor or other healthcare professional before starting the Straighten UP UK programme to ensure the exercises are appropriate for your specific needs.

You can download a leaflet from the BCA website that explains more about the Straighten UP UK programme.

 

#2 Take Regular Exercise

Strengthening the muscles that support your spine is key to improving your posture.

You don’t need to hit the gym to start exercising. Walking is one of the most underestimated forms of exercise. Start by increasing the amount you walk every day.  Use the stairs instead of the lift. Park further away from your destination than you would normally. Join a dance class and go along with a friend to make it fun.

 

#3 Adjust Your Sitting Position

Whether you are sitting at your desk at a computer or driving your car, adjusting your sitting position is key to maintaining a good posture.

Sitting at a computer: Use a chair with armrests and take the time to adjust your chair to put you in the best position. Ensure your feet are flat on the ground and your hips are slightly higher than your knees. Your eyes should be level with the centre of your computer screen.

Driving a car: Adjust the back of the seat to be slightly backwards. Your elbows should be at a comfortable relaxed angle when holding the steering wheel. Your hands should fall naturally on the steering wheel, with just a slight bend in the arms.

 

#4 Use A Foam Roller To Release Tension

A foam roller is a great tool to use to help correct postural issues. These issues may include upper back posture, neck pain and upper back discomfort..

It is an affordable practical tool that can be used at home to release tension in the muscles which have tightened from sitting or standing with poor posture.

You can find some informative videos on Youtube which will show some routines that you can follow. However, as with undertaking any new form of exercise, it is best to consult with your medical healthcare provider for a plan that is suitable for your needs.

 

#5 Visit Our Stoke Chiropractors

Our experienced team of Stoke chiropractors frequently treat patients who are suffering pain which is because of poor posture.

At our chiropractic clinic, in addition to neurological and orthopaedic examinations, our chiropractors use the latest digital technology to accurately assess a patient’s posture. You can find out more about our Digital Posture Analysis here.

Our chiropractors use a diverse range of chiropractic techniques which help patients deal with common postural problems. They can also perform various types of physical therapy and offer advice on lifestyle changes which can improve posture.

To book an appointment with one of our chiropractors at City Chiropractic Clinic in Stoke  call us on 01782 848 184 or book your appointment online on our website here.